In Depth interviews - June 21

Friday - 6/22/2012, 1:58am EDT

This is the In Depth show blog. Here you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Today's guests:

Michael HicksAssociate Professor in Computer Science, University of Maryland

Reports indicate that the U.S. will soon face a major shortage of cybersecurity professionals. To provide an educational curriculum focused on training students in this area, global security company Northrop Grumman and the University of Maryland are partnering together.

The product of their joint efforts, the Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students program, will launch in the fall of 2013. It is designed to give students from a variety of programs the skills to deal with the ever changing cybersecurity landscape.

Michael Hicks, an Associate Professor in computer science at the University of Maryland discusses the importance and potential benefits of this new opportunity.


Hart RossmanChief Technology Officer, SAIC

Many agencies worry about the security challenges that come with "bring-your-own-device." However, SAIC chief technology officer Hart Rossman thinks that is the wrong issue to focus on. There are other issues which should also be addressed by cybersecurity teams.

He points to the enterprise app store as a primary current example, citing it as the next evolution of the corporate Intranet.


John SepúlvedaAssistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration, Veterans Affairs

Veterans Affairs will be offering a speed hiring event for veterans June 25-29 in Detroit, Ill. During next week's career fair, participants will be able to not only drop off a resume but also be interviewed and perhaps even hired. Veterans can additionally interview via teleconference from five bases around the country.

John Sepúlveda, the VA's assistant secretary for human resources and administration, talks about the options available to veterans at the event.

Read more here.


Mike SullivanDirector of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues, GAO

The Pentagon says it isn't planning for automatic budget cuts just yet, but it will have to plan for shrinking budgets overall, and for individual programs too.

One of the most controversial and expensive is the Joint Strike Fighter program, the F-35 Lightning .

The Government Accountability Office recently reviewed the program, recommending that the Defense Department analyze how reduced funding levels will impact the program.

Mike Sullivan, the director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues at GAO, discusses more from the report.


Jeff SteinhoffExecutive Director, KPMG Government Institute

Agency leaders know that budget cuts are coming. But what they may not realize is that there are now more tools than ever to help ensure that the cuts don't hurt too much.

Jeff Steinhoff, Executive Director of the KPMG Government Institute and former Assistant Comptroller General of the United States at the Government Accountability Office, talks about what those tools are. He's writing about them in a new book called Governing to Win: Enhancing National Competitiveness Through New Policy and Operating Approaches.


Also on the show:

GCE's Marianne Lucas on big data, tech trends
Marianne Lucas, the vice president of business development and marketing at GCE, discusses the latest government trends, including big data and what's next for cloud computing on Industry Chatter.